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Bloomberg Law: Upcoming H-1B Registration Process Still Fraught With Concerns

bloombergImmigration attorneys continue to have concerns about a new electronic registration process designed to make the H-1B visa application process easier, even as the government moves ever closer to implementing it.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services late Dec. 6 announced that the spring 2020 H-1B filing season will feature an electronic preregistration process. The new protocol, laid out in a January 2019 regulation, will allow employers to enter the annual lottery for the specialty occupation visas without having to prepare a full petition with supporting documentation until they are actually selected. (more…)

From NC Policy Watch: Law professor: NC Courts need the power to protect the state’s immigrants from unlawful detention

Gettyimage-unlawfuldetentionOur North Carolina clients may be interested in this opinion piece by Kate Evans, clinical professor of law and director of the Immigrant Rights Clinic at Duke University School of Law. Professor Evans is addressing a North Carolina Supreme Court case that is currently pending, which will decide whether immigrants detained unlawfully under state law by state officials can challenge their detention in the state’s courts.

Click here to read the full article in NC Policy Watch.


The Economic Times: 98% of H-1B visa rejections unchallenged


Most instances of H-1B visa denial do not attract appeals by employers, according to new research by a US-based anti-immigration think tank. This comes even as denial rates for the prized visa category have spiked to 24% in financial year 2019 from about 6% in 2015. In 98.4% of the cases where the H-1B visa was denied, the employer chose not to file an appeal, said David North, a fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), which is based in Washington, DC.

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Immigration changes in the UK

Courtesy of our friends at Globaladvocaten, we are providing this helpful information explaining recent changes to the United Kingdom’s immigration laws.

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If you need assistance with outbound immigration to the United Kingdom or other countries, we stand ready to assist through our Globaladvocaten network.

Globaladvocaten is a collaboration between independent law firms with a network that includes over 800 lawyers working in 20 countries, and is a premier resource for Shumaker, enabling us to add value for our clients abroad. Globaladvocaten has been ranked by the Chambers Global Guide for 2019 for Leading Regional Law Firm Networks – Europe-wide. 

Forbes: Ken Cuccinelli, U.S. Immigration Services Chief, Boasts Of Increasing Bureaucracy

Ken ImmigrationIn a new press release, Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), boasted that the Trump administration has increased red tape and bureaucracy for U.S. companies. It’s the latest example of administration officials lauding efforts to make it more difficult for employers to obtain what economists often consider to be a company’s most valuable resource – talent.

Since 2017, Trump administration policies have focused on restricting the entry of immigrants and foreign nationals, including scientists and engineers. “Denial rates for new H-1B petitions have increased significantly, rising from 6% in FY 2015 to 32% in the first quarter of FY 2019,” according to a National Foundation for American Policy analysis. (more…)